Bayern Goalkeeper Neuer Could Be Out Till March

File: Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer warms up ahead the Champions League group B match between Bayern Munich and RSC Anderlecht in Munich on September 12, 2017.
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Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said Saturday he could now be sidelined until March because he is taking longer than expected to recover from a foot operation.

Neuer was initially expecting to return in January, but he told the club’s TV station: “The wound in the foot is healing and it could take up to six months.

“It always depends on the healing process of course,” he added.

Neuer, 31, said, however, his rehabilitation was going well “and I’m very positive and I think it’s going to get better”.

He fractured his left foot in training in September, just weeks after returning to action following a fracture of the same foot in April during the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid.

The prolonged absence of Neuer, the club’s captain, is another setback for Bayern who on Friday announced veteran coach Jupp Heynckes was returning to the club for a fourth stint to steady the ship following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian parted company with the Bavarian giants after a 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League compounded a stuttering start to the Bundesliga campaign.

Germany coach Joachim Loew said he was confident Neuer would be fit in time for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

“I hope he can return as soon as possible,” Loew said. “I know Manuel can very quickly get back to fitness, which will be extremely important because he has been the best goalkeeper in the world over the last few years.”

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Heynckes Confirms Offer To Return To Bayern

 Jupp Heynckes posing with four trophies after giving his farewell press conference in Munich, southern Germany, on June 4, 2013. Photo: CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP

Veteran German coach Jupp Heynckes confirmed reports on Thursday that he is considering a return to Bayern Munich following Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal.

“It’s not yet done and dusted,” the 72-year-old Heynckes told the Rheinische Post, the local paper near his home in Moenchengladbach.

“I need to analyse things. It has been four and a half years since I stopped at Bayern and football has changed.”

German media report that Heynckes could return to Bayern until the end of the season with current Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann tipped to take over for the 2018/19 season.

Heynckes confirmed he has met with Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president Uli Hoeness and director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic.

“Many things were discussed,” added Heynckes.

Ancelotti was sacked last week after poor results and ex-Bayern defender Willy Sagnol is now in temporary charge.

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Despite his age, Heynckes says he feels “fit” enough to coach Bayern, who led to the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble in 2013 — the only German club to ever achieve the feat.

“Bayern is pulling Jupp Heynckes out of retirement,” wrote Sport Bild.

The club has not confirmed the report.

With the team in disarray currently, the Bayern hierachy want an authoritative character who knows the club intimately, Bild said.

Bayern are third in the Bundesliga, five points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.

A stinging 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League led the club to sack Ancelotti last week.

Two German coaches believed to be in the running to manage Bayern — Nagelsmann and former Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel — have no prior experience with the club.

Heynckes coached Bayern over three periods — from 1987 to 1991, briefly in 2009 and then between 2011 and 2013.

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Bayern Start Search For Ancelotti’s Successor

This file photo taken on April 29, 2017 shows Bayern Munich’s Italian head coach Carlo Ancelotti arriving on the pitch prior to the German first division Bundesliga football match between VfL Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, northern Germany. John MACDOUGALL / AFP
Bayern Munich are putting their faith in Willy Sagnol as interim coach “for now” while seeking a replacement for the sacked Carlo Ancelotti, said the club’s sporting director Friday.

 

Two days before the Bundesliga champions visit Hertha Berlin, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic took Ancelotti’s place at the pre-match press conference.

Chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was also absent, after he made the decision to fire Ancelotti a day after the side suffered a stinging Champions League 3-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain.

Asked what sort of coach Bayern are looking for, Salihamidzic said: “That’s something that we are discussing internally, the names too. We won’t comment about this, otherwise, there will be speculation, and that’s not our intention.”

“I can’t name any names, nor profile. For the time being Willy Sagnol is our solution until further notice,” he added, referring to the ex-France international, who had been serving as Ancelotti’s assistant.

Pressed on the issue, Salihamidzic would only add that “it would be good” if the new coach spoke German.

Having won the 2001 Champions League trophy with Bayern, Sagnol has management experience after coaching French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux from 2014 until last year.

– ‘No more excuses’ –

Bayern president Uli Hoeness had said earlier Friday that he planned to hire a new coach by mid-October.

But Salihamidzic was less committal about the timeframe.

“We are discussing this internally. At Bayern, we usually make our decisions unanimously,” he said. “We will remain in a room and come out with a decision.

“We’ll talk about the profile we need. We’ve only just separated from Ancelotti yesterday… We need to let things settle, and analyse the situation calmly.

“We will see, and if we find a solution, we’ll hire a coach.”

Wednesday night’s defeat to PSG was Bayern’s heaviest since losing 3-0 away to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, first leg, in May 2015.

It was also their heaviest loss in a group game in the competition since a 3-0 reverse in Lyon in March 2001.

Asked if he thought Ancelotti was being “provocative” by benching several key players like Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mats Hummels, Salihamidzic did not agree.

“No, I don’t think that Carlo was seeking provocation,” he insisted.

“He was convinced that he had the right line-up and he thought that with this team we would win.

“It’s a daring move, that’s clear, for such an important match. But he was absolutely convinced about what he was doing.

“There are no more excuses now. We have to win in Berlin, the team has to show a reaction.

“Believe me, we will emerge from this situation a stronger team. We will reach our objectives and be champions of Germany.”

Bayern are currently third in the Bundesliga table after six games, three points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.

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Neymar, Cavani Lead PSG Past Bayern

Neymar, Cavani Lead PSG Past Bayern
Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani (R) comforts Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar during the UEFA Champions League football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich on September 27, 2017 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
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Neymar and Edinson Cavani both scored as Paris Saint-Germain claimed a convincing 3-0 victory over a disappointing Bayern Munich in their heavyweight Champions League clash in the French capital on Wednesday.

PSG got off to a dream start as their other Brazilian summer signing Dani Alves gave them the lead inside 90 seconds at the Parc des Princes and they never looked back.

Cavani’s sweeping first-time strike just after the half-hour mark made it 2-0 before Neymar completed the scoring in the second half as Bayern went down to their heaviest defeat since losing to Barcelona by the same score in the semi-finals of this competition in May 2015.

The result leaves the French club top of Group B with the maximum six points from two games, eight goals scored and none conceded. They are on course to win the section — Bayern are level on three points with Celtic, who won at Anderlecht.

For PSG this was a chance to measure themselves against one of the continent’s traditional powers in their biggest European match since their humiliating exit in Barcelona last season.

In that regard, the evening was a resounding success for Unai Emery’s team, although the German club were some way short of their usual standards.

“The main thing is the three points, but it’s also important for me that the fans enjoy the match and seeing us win against a top-level side,” said Emery.

The match also saw Cavani and Neymar feature together for the first time since their disagreement over who should take a penalty in a league game against Lyon 10 days previously.

This time there were no such disputes, and both men could celebrate contributing to the final outcome.

“I tried to put out the best possible team, and if I am criticised for that, I’ll accept it,” Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, who left Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben on the bench, told German Sky.

“The reason for the defeat is the first goal.”

Bayern have been among the critics of PSG’s spending policy after a summer which saw them notably spend a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) to sign Neymar from Barcelona.

The Brazilian is reportedly being paid more than three million euros a month in Paris, and Bayern supporters had that in mind as they unfurled a pointed banner prior to kick-off.

Complaining about match tickets costing 75 euros, it read: “We are not Neymar. Ticket prices must be reasonable.”

– Alves with opener –

It would have been easier to swallow paying that price if their team had won, but they fell behind in the second minute and never recovered.

Neymar was allowed to cut in from the left before picking out Alves, who arrived unmarked in the area to take a touch and finish past Sven Ulreich, standing in for the injured Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal.

Javi Martinez came closest to equalising for Ancelotti’s side with a half-volley from the edge of the area that was tipped over by Alphonse Areola, but the hosts were able to soak up the pressure and hit on the break.

Cavani shot just wide after being fed by Kylian Mbappe and those two combined for the second goal in the 31st minute, Mbappe again teeing up Cavani for a superb first-time finish high into the net and his 10th goal this season.

Bayern were stunned, and a combination of the ‘MCN’ then almost brought a third, with Neymar laying off Mbappe’s pass for Cavani, whose effort was saved.

Things did get worse for the visitors in the second half and they conceded again in the 63rd minute, with Neymar poking home from inside the six-yard box as Martinez failed to clear following good play by Mbappe.

That was Neymar’s sixth goal for PSG and the 18th in total from the ‘MCN’, with the promise of much more to come.

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Robben Mocks PSG, Says ‘Money Doesn’t Score Goals’

Robben Mocks PSG, Says 'Money Doesn't Score Goals'
Bayern Munich’s forward from Netherlands Arjen Robben (1st-R) and his teammates warm up during a training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match PSG vs Bayern Munich on September 26, 2017 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
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Arjen Robben poked fun at big-spending Paris Saint-Germain on the eve of Bayern Munich’s key Champions League away match in the French capital.

With Anderlecht and Celtic also in the pool, the PSG-Bayern clash at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday could go a long way to deciding who wins Group B.

“Paris have certainly given out a few more euros than us, but money doesn’t score goals, quality on the pitch scores goals, good teams score goals,” said veteran winger Robben before the team jetted to Paris.

PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros ($264m) last month and recruited Kylian Mbappe from Monaco on an initial loan deal which is set to be made into a permanent move for 180 million euros next year.

But when asked about PSG’s star-studded ‘MCN’ attack — Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar — Robben was unfazed: “The important thing is the performance of the team, not just to focus on particular players”.

Meanwhile, when asked about his Dutch team-mate’s comments, Bayern centre-back Mats Hummels was slightly more diplomatic about PSG’s strengths.

“He is absolutely right that money doesn’t score goals but it does allow you to buy players who score goals,” Hummels told reporters at the Parc des Princes.

“PSG are a top-level club. They are very strong going forward and are well covered in all other positions. A bit like us they have two players per position.”

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is convinced the German champions — who beat Anderlecht 3-0 in their first group outing two weeks ago — can get a good result in the French capital.

“I know our team, they are highly motivated and concentrated for games like this,” said the former striker. “I am convinced we can get something out of this game.”

Nevertheless, the biggest test for Bayern’s shaky defence — which threw away a two-goal lead at home to struggling Wolfsburg in a 2-2 draw last Friday — will be to contain the ‘MCN’.

“Of course, that is an attack with world-class players, we have to control that, but we have more experience,” countered Rummenigge.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness launched a thinly-veiled attack on PSG’s spending policy in an interview on Monday, but Rummenigge focused on the football.

“This is a prestige game, but one thing is clear: the Champions League is not decided, we want to create the conditions to become group winners.”

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Champions League: PSG Expect Neymar Return Against Bayern

Champions League: PSG Expect Neymar Return For Bayern Clash
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Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) coach Unai Emery said he expects Neymar to return from injury for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich after his side struggled to a 0-0 draw at Montpellier on Saturday in the Brazilian’s absence.

Neymar missed the game after suffering a right foot injury, and PSG duly saw their perfect start to the Ligue 1 season come to an end in their first match without the 25-year-old since his world record move from Barcelona.

“We will wait until tomorrow (Sunday) to see about his return,” Emery said.

“There are three days left to prepare for the match, but I think that if everything goes normally he will be back.”

The capital-city side have seen their early lead at the top of the table cut to one point this weekend after reigning champions Monaco thumped Lille on Friday.

Emery wants his men to be able to break down stubborn opposition without their key playmaker.

“We need all the players, when a player is missing it’s important to maintain the level and pace,” the Spaniard added, after his side mustered just one shot on target.

“Others have had time to play and they’ve helped the team, but we can’t say that the match would have been different with Neymar.

“We will play more matches with Neymar this season, but we also need to work (when we’re) without a player.”

Rising star Kylian Mbappe had the best of the visitors’ chances at the Stade de la Mosson, but the 18-year-old was profligate in front of goal.

Without Neymar pulling the strings, Paris were toothless for the first 45 minutes, with some players perhaps keeping one eye on the Bayern game.

PSG did finally create a decent chance shortly after the restart, as Montpellier threw away possession on the edge of their own area and Mbappe curled a tame shot straight at home goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte.

The teenager, who will become the world’s second-most expensive player behind Neymar when he completes his permanent transfer from Monaco next year, should have broken the deadlock, but headed wide when unmarked from only a few yards out.

Mbappe was starting to make an impact, as he raced through on goal only to scuff his shot and allow the home defence to clear.

Striker Edinson Cavani, who missed a penalty last week after an argument with Neymar, had an appeal for a spot-kick waved away after going down in a heap under a potentially goal-saving tackle from defender Pedro Mendes.

But last season’s runners-up were left frustrated by Montpellier’s organisation and 5-4-1 formation.

Monaco had put the pressure on PSG at the summit as Radamel Falcao took his goal tally for the season to 11 with a brace in a 4-0 thrashing of Lille.

The champions were barely made to sweat by their pitiful hosts, whose coach Marcelo Bielsa is now under serious pressure after a six-match winless run.

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Bayern Welcome James Rodriguez On Loan

Bayern Welcome James Rodriguez On Loan
James Rodriguez

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday said he is relieved the club has acquired James Rodriguez on loan and that he expects the midfielder to help lift Bayern’s game.

Bayern signed midfielder James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a two-year loan deal with an option to buy the player.

The Colombia international made 22 La Liga appearances for Real last season, scoring eight goals, and featured six times in the UEFA Champions League.

Rodriguez moved to Real Madrid from Monaco for a reported 60 million euros (53.11 million pounds) in 2014 after winning the Golden Boot as the leading scorer at the FIFA World Cup.

He was also named in the team of the tournament as Colombia reached the quarter-finals.

The ability of the 25-year-old to score spectacular goals made him an ideal addition to Real’s “Galacticos” project, but he struggled to nail down a regular starting place at the Bernabeu.

He will join up with Bayern’s squad immediately and is expected to travel with the team for their 12-day pre-season tour in China and Singapore.

Rodriguez the German club’s sixth signing of the close season, following the arrivals of wingers Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman, midfielders Corentin Tolisso and Sebastian Rudy, and centre-back Niklas Suele.

Tolisso Joins Bayern On Record Five-Year Deal

Bayern Munich Hammer Arsenal In Champions League ClashBayern Munich on Wednesday broke their transfer record to sign versatile midfielder Corentin Tolisso for 41.5 million euros ($46.75 million), with Frenchman penning a five-year deal.

The 22-year-old moves to the German side from French Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais, which he joined as a teenager.

He has emerged Bayern’s biggest transfer, beating the previous mark of 40 million spent on Javi Martinez in 2012.

The French club said in a statement that it was also their biggest transfer to date and could bring in another six million euros based on incentives included in the deal with Bayern.

Bayern have won the German league a record five consecutive times but have not made it past the semi-finals in the Champions League since they won the title in 2013.

UCL: Barcelona, Bayern Harvest Goals As PSG, Arsenal Draw

Barcelona-MSNBarcelona and Bayern Munich went rampant with harvests of goals in front of their home fans on Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League.

Lionel Messi’s hat-trick, a Luis Suarez brace and one goal each from Neymar and Andres Iniesta helped Barca defeat humiliate Celtic 7-0 at the Camp Nou.

Neymar also shipped in assists for four of the goals, becoming the first player to do so in a Champions League game since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in November 2012 for PSG.

In Germany, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Mueller and Juan Bernat added a goal each to Joshua Kimmich’s brace as Bayern also trashed FC Rostov 5-0.

It was a record 13th Champions League home win in succession for Bayern.

In France, it took a hard-fought comeback for Arsenal to salvage a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain, as the home side missed several chances after going ahead.

Edinson Cavani headed the French side into the lead after only 42 seconds but missed several presentable opportunities to put the hosts further clear.

Arsenal had few sights of goal but Alexis Sanchez levelled matters with a powerful finish as time was running out.

Both sides finished with 10 men as Olivier Giroud and Marco Verratti were dismissed.

The Group C game between Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach was postponed due to heavy rain at City’s Etihad Stadium.

All Tuesday night Results

Group A:
Basel 1-1 Ludogorets
PSG 1-1 Arsenal

Group B:
Benfica 1-1 Besiktas
Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 Napoli

Group C:
Barcelona 7-0 Celtic
Man City v Gladbach (called off)

Group D:
Bayern Munich 5-0 Rostov
PSV 0-1 Atletico

Arsenal Prepares For Bayern Showdown

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his side to forget their FA cup loss to second-tier Blackburn Rovers and concentrate on a 16 first-leg tie against runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich today at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal were booed off after the 1-nil 5th round home defeat by Blackburn, completing a cup exit double at the hands of lower league opposition, after a shock capital one quarter-final loss to fourth-tier Bradford.

Out of contention in the Premier League and with only a Champions League place to play for, Wenger says they need a big performance against Bayern.

Arsenal has lost in the last two seasons and are faced with a Bayern side cruising towards the Bundesliga title having won 18 of 22 league games.

Messi tops football rich list ahead of Ronaldo and Beckham

Lionel Messi has been named the highest paid footballer in the world, trailed by England’s American based star, David Beckham and Real Madrid’s Portuguese star in third position.

According to France Football, which is set to release figures for the best paid players in the world on Tuesday, Barcelona forward Messi raked in €33 million last year from wages and sponsorship deals.

LA Galaxy midfielder and former England captain Beckham, for so long the game’s top earner, came in second on €31.5m, while Real Madrid star Ronaldo collected €29.2m in 2011.

Elsewhere, Samuel Eto’o, who made a lucrative move from Inter to Anzhi Makhachkala last summer, is fourth on the list, with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney fifth.

Wealthy Premier League outfit Manchester City have two players in the top ten, with Argentine forward Sergio Aguero and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure sixth and seventh, respectively.

The only other club represented twice is Madrid, with Ronaldo’s team-mate Kaka ranking ninth.

Elsewhere, it is worth noting that Chelsea misfit Fernando Torres, who finally got back amongst the goals at the weekend, netted €16.7m during his disastrous first 12 months at Stamford Bridge.

There is not a single player based in Serie A in the top 10 but there is one representative from the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm.

THE LIST
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)                                     33m
David Beckham (LA Galaxy)                               31.5m
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)                      29.2m
Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi)                                           23.3m
Wayne Rooney (Man United)                            20.6m
Sergio Aguero (Man City)                                   18.8m
Yaya Toure (Man City)                                        17.6m
Fernando Torres (Chelsea)                                 16.7m
Kaka (Real Madrid)                                              15.5m
Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)                         14.3m

The amount was rated in the generally accepted currency of the European Union member countries.